The Progressive Army

US Army Command and Administration, 1870-1914
Author(s): 
Barr, Ronald J.
ISBN: 
0333710487
Date published: 
September 1998
Hardback
Price: 
£45.00
Pages: 
240

The author seeks to explain the creation of a modern American Army in a country hostile to centralised military power. The effect of various European nations on the US military are examined. The central theme, however, is how a small number of influential figures impressed with US business borrowed management techniques from national corporations to modernise the army. It is argued these military reforms represented a wider influence in the progressive era which sought to utilise management techniques developed by US business to improve government.